A proposed hydropower generation station for the Saskatoon Weir is now on the front burners.
The city has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Saskatoon Tribal Council for development of the generator. Tribal Council Chief Mark Arcand says the M-O-U uses an equal ownership model. The First Nations Power Authority is an Indigenous, not-for-profit advisory service. Its role in the project would be that of facilitator, developer, and an owner's representative through the development process. The next step is a full feasibility study.
The total estimated cost of the project is between $60 and $65 million funded by the Tribal Council and private sector partners, off-set by revenue generated by the power station and funding from other green-energy funding sources. The plan includes restoration and upgrade of the current weir, and construction of a river crossing for pedestrians and cyclists.